Framus 5/168-52 Strato De Luxe, 1968

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Product information Framus 5/168-52 Strato De Luxe, 1968

The Strato De Luxe was Framus' volume solid body in the sixties and was built in various versions. The shape and name are certainly US-influenced, but this is still an independent design with its own characteristics. Here we have the maximum equipped luxury model with everything that was available at that time. The Framus carries the stamping 68 A, so it was built in January 1968.

The two-piece body carries a layer of beautiful birdseye maple on top and bottom, easily visible through the semi-transparent sunburst finish. The neck is made of the thousand times proven and indestructible laminated maple wood with a rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. This is combined with a nearly dramatic patterned pearloid and two nickel-plated metal pickguards. Very extravagant even back then - a real show instrument. Open tuners with celluloid pegs, massive tremolo unit, fully compensatable damper bridge with removable cover.

Electric system:
Here we have the full features. Not particularly intuitive, but once you get used to it, completely problem-free. There is a switchable preamplifier, the battery is in a compartment on the back of the body. Plus what was then called the "organ effect," a 90-degree volume control lever with spring return, good for fading in chords and notes. It is also switchable. The main element is, of course, the legendary and fantastic P90 pickups, proven and loved a thousand times.

Instruments history:
The guitar spent its life as a reliable living room guitar and was never used on tour or in rehearsal rooms. The owner bought it new in a Nuremberg music store in 1968. He told us that he had chosen the Framus instead of a Fender Stratocaster because the Framus was much better equipped at a comparable price. However, it was then only used as a hobby instrument for many decades. But at least it impressed the ladies, including the owner's later wife. Yes, at that time one was already a little rock star with such an expensive instrument! Since the owner today but only plays on a concert guitar and also the malfunctioning amplifier had long since landed on the bulky waste, we were offered the guitar in 2020 and took it of course with pleasure.

Restoration works:
We gave the guitar a basic cleaning, overhauled the fingerboard and frets, then oiled or polished it and cleaned and oiled the tuners. The resined electrics were completely cleaned and restored to proper working order. In the end, new strings were mounted and a setup was done.

Actual condition:
Our Strato De Luxe is technically in top condition and a visual eye-catcher. Exactly two lacquer cracks, a few scratches on the sides and on the pickguard, two small dark spots on the back of the neck - all this is of course completely harmless and hardly photographable. The back of the neck, fingerboard, frets, tuners and other hardware are in top condition. The neck is dead straight, the string height perfect at 1-2mm at the 12th fret. Of course the Strato is in original condition down to the smallest screw. No one has ever tinkered or "optimized" it. The electrics work perfectly again without any scratching or disturbing noises. The sound variations are endlessly versatile and range from banging sixties beats to soft Shadows sounds to hard rock style. So you can definitely own and play it as "The One" - and it certainly wants to be played properly after 53 years! But in this condition and with its full equipment it is also a potential collector's item with showcase suitability - the design certainly gives it.

Overall length 40.9”/104 cm, body length 18.5”/47 cm, lower bout width 13.8”/35 cm, waist width 9.4”/24 cm, upper bout width 11.4”/29 cm; body depth 1.4”/3,5 cm, scale length 24.8”/63 cm (zero fret to saddle), fingerboard width 1.6”/4 cm at nut, 2”/5 cm at 12th fret; overall weight 3.950 g, string action at 12th fret 0.04-0.08”/1-2 mm (adjustable to both directions).

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